I see nothing wrong with Prequel-Watchmen. Here’s Why.

OK let’s get this out of the way – yeah, it’s a money grab, Yadda, yadda, yadda. But it’s not like Alan Moore created the original characters The Watchmen were based on. Remember these were Charlton Heroes of the 1960’s – a few of which Steve Ditko created. How is that any different from Alan Scott or Jay Garrick being re-imaged into the Silver Age Green Lantern and Flash? Could it be said that Moore did the money grab first?

I love Watchmen and their, unexplored, rich history. This could be a fun sandbox that today’s gifted artists and writers can play in. Comic book characters, and all fictional characters for that matter, should be shared and explored once and again for every generation and not lie dormant so uppity purists like The Simpson’s Comic Book Guy can lament about the Golden Age of 1985. The Watchmen belong to us fans now. If you don’t like it, fine. Don’t read it. But don’t tell me it’s going to suck. Not just yet, anyway.

Who knows what a new Watchmen comic will bring? Brubaker on Rorschach? Johns on Dr. Manhattan?

Just be glad Stan Lee isn’t still on X-Men.

2 thoughts on “I see nothing wrong with Prequel-Watchmen. Here’s Why.”

  1. Expressed similar sentiments on the Facebook page. New Watchmen material does not alter the original book at all (nor did the good or bad things about the movie). If there are new stories and they’re good, so much the better for us all; if they’re bad, it matters not at all — DC won’t crumble, and neither will what the original Watchmen series accomplished. Just can’t get worked up about this.

  2. The argument that the Watchmen characters are just the Charlton heroes revisited simply doesn’t stand up. Yes, those old heroes were the starting point for Moore’s *thinking* about Watchmen, but what he came up with are new characters based on archetypes. Hal Jordan is clearly a Green Lantern as is Alan Scott. But Nite Owl isn’t a Blue Beetle – he could just as easily be Batman. Ozymandias – Thunderbolt? Not even close.

    Moore took the Charlton heroes as a jumping off point and jumped so far he could no longer see what was behind him – which is exactly what the DC higher-ups wanted when they refused him permission to use the Charlton heroes for his story.

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